• Who: No. 3 Sacred Heart (23-3) vs. No. 8 Valley Regional (20-6)
• When: Sunday, 3 p.m.
• Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville
• CIAC championship game appearances: Sacred Heart is 5-2 in its previous appearances, last winning (and appearing) in 2009. Valley Regional is 2-0, wining Class S in 2011 and Class M last season.
• Players to watch: Sacred Heart — Mustapha Heron, So., G (22.0 ppg.); Malik Petteway, Sr., F (15.0 ppg.,); Valley Regional — Chris Jean-Pierre, Jr., G (18.8 ppg., 8.55 rpg.), Dave Bradbury, Jr., G (15.6 ppg.).
• How Sacred Heart got here: The Hearts were almost upset by East Hampton (64-62) in the quarterfinals, but handled Bloomfield in the semifinals (73-61).
• How Valley Regional got here: The Warriors pulled off seeded upsets against No. 1 seed East Windsor in the quarterfinals (57-48) and No. 4 Cromwell in the semifinals (61-57).
• Why Sacred Heart will win: Heron, who transferred in from Wilbraham & Monson prep school in Wilbraham, Mass., is a difficult guard to handle. Not only can he score in a variety of ways, he finds teammates for easy baskets. Petteway is tough for any opponent to match up with inside. Only losses this year are to Crosby and Capital Prep.
• Why Valley Regional will win: Tournament pedigree. Jean-Pierre and Bradbury know what its like to be a part of a state championship team. And the proximity of the arena to Deep River gives Valley the home-court advantage.
• Did you know?: Heron has already made an oral commitment to play at the University of Pittsburgh.
Who will win the Class S boys soccer championship?
No. 4 Morgan (15-2-2)
No. 6 Old Saybrook (13-3-3)
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